PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The top U.N. official for Haiti is urging the Caribbean country’s new government to keep its promises to fight corruption, improve justice, and combat poverty especially in rural areas, saying peacekeepers have accomplished their mission of stabilizing the Western hemisphere’s poorest nation.

Sandra Honore said Haiti today “is far different” than it was in 2004, when the U.N. deployed peacekeeping troops following a rebellion that left the country on the brink of collapse. And she said she doesn’t believe the country is prone to the same forces.

Honore stressed in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that Haiti still faces many challenges, “but there is a degree of stability, a degree of relative calm all things considered today that was not there before.”

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a USD9.28 million loan to support the Government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in improving the quality, equity and effectiveness of the education system in the Islands.

The Education Sector Support Project is part of the first phase of a comprehensive reform of BVI’s education system. The project’s overall goals include: improving the teaching and learning environment; improving the quality and effectiveness of the education system; and strengthening the leadership capacity of the education sector.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The police have launched an investigation into the murder of three Guyanese miners in Venezuela.

The police report that the miners were found shot to death in a mining camp in the town of Imataka, on the Guyana Venezuela border.

The miners have been identified as Samuel Moses,19, Cologne Solomon,23 and Vernon Eudoxie, 56.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has announced the temporary closure of Sandals Grande Antigua beginning September 20.

SRI said the closure is to facilitate important maintenance projects.

A letter of intention to close was shared with government officials late last week.  Original estimates suggested that the work would take five months to complete, but after a full and detailed assessment and a new project plan that condenses work flow, SRI officials confirm that the resort will reopen December 17.

This is the first time Sandals Grande Antigua, the only flagged Sandals Resort in this destination, has closed since opening in 1992.

MIAMI – Speaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested in the United States this week following an incident at a casino.

According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor offence.

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